Originally Posted by slybasil
what was it about the sound that you didnt like with the MK's. I am not to familiar with what you listed for equipment. I am using the Sr8500 by Marantz. 125wpc 7.1. I am a little concerned that I might be underpowered for GS 60. Of course that problem is a mute point. Can not find GS 60 anywhere to hear.
Like I said I did like the Mk over the RS 8
I always fealt that the MK's sounded very 'thin' and harsh, and there was never a real soundstage as I have now. They were just way to directional for music. I've said in all my posts that I liked them for movies, but it was the music that drove me nuts.
I'm almost at a loss to describe the difference but I'll give it a shot.
when I setup the ma's and popped in a well recorded sacd/dvd audio disk, it was like I instantly had 3x as many speakers in the room. The areas between the front and side speakers were 'filled in' with music. I'd almost swear that I had added in more side surround speakers up closer to the soundstage but I knew better, it was just a much bigger soundstage. With the MK's I always knew EXACTLY where each speaker was at all times, even with eyes closed. With the ma's it's much harder to tell exact placement.
With the ma's, unlike the mk's, for the first time I actually feel like I'm right there in a small jazz club, studio, etc... I can finally hear the faint echoing in voices in some tracks just like you would get in a small jazz club. I can hear fingers picking the strings, feet pressing piano peddles, very subtle sounds as the vocalists inhale, etc. Then there's recordings of huge choirs, where the entire room comes to life. I spent a few years living in D.C. and took every opportunity I could get to goto the symphonies, and other similar concerts. Even with the best recordings using the mk's were always a joke. It never fealt 'real'. With the ma's I'm much closer to what I remember hearing live. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say the ma's are the best avail, they're not, but for the price I've never heard anything even close. I can spend hours just getting lost in the music, and never get fatigued listening that long.
Currently I am running a denon 5803 to power the system, but do plan a serious upgrade sometime this year. I've just been waiting for a new receiver that can encode some of the new hd formats before jumping again. At this point, I know for sure that any 'weaknesses' I am facing are due to the receiver, as I have had the opportunity to hear the ma's on a much better system, and there is a difference there. As I'm fairly certain that my next receiver will be much more expensive than the speakers, I plan on demoing a lot of equipment. This hobby is just to expensive to just jump right on board without a lot of thought first.